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Thu Dec 1, 2016, 10:50 AM

 

Who's Looking Out for the Least Fortunate of Us in the Trump Presidency?

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You know what's f'd up?

Every time Pres. Obama won an election, there was an endless drumbeat of concern that he was going to ignore the millions who voted against him. Not that the president ever intended to tune out his republican opponents. He practically bent over backward to include them in his policy deliberations, and in the policies, themselves.

We all know that Trump will treat those who didn't vote for him like traitors who deserve some kind of vengeance. It's his style to retaliate, and retaliate he most certainly will.

This isn't the first time I've wondered about when the time will come for someone to take my own interests, progressive Democratic interests, into account. It seems like every election cycle, no matter the outcome, there's always a push to accommodate conservative voters like it was heresy to disregard them. Indeed, this very election produced calls from Democratic and republican quarters to focus even more on whatever concerns white working-class voters may have, even though it appears the Trump WH will do little else.

I'm still waiting for an election cycle's end where the consensus was that we need to seriously address the needs and concerns of groups of Americans who have consistently done worse in our economy - namely, black and Latino Americans, respectively. They are our party's most dependable voters, yet there's always a push to look beyond and above them when the appropriations start. We never get around to their communities; never get around to issues which disproportionately affect them. Instead, they're scapegoated as obstacles to whatever politicians expect for the majority.

Almost every president elected has pledged to be the leader of ALL of our citizens, but Trump will only recognize those who kowtow to him. What these communities will actually provide us with is a true yardstick to measure whether Trump is president of all Americans, or merely for a select few, like the thousand fortunate Carrier workers who just got the better end of the bribe he and Pence gave to the company.

Others who have regularly been left out of consideration at policy time, like women, disabled individuals, and members of the LGBTQ community, are also benchmarks for the Trump presidency in translating his and his supporters' victory into success for the rest of the country. As those of us with the most acute needs which have gone unaddressed and unsolved over the decades go, so goes the nation.

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Thu Dec 1, 2016, 12:47 PM

1.

 

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Thu Dec 1, 2016, 12:49 PM

2. I assume that is a rhetorical question?



Sorry for the gallows humor. I know there are many Dems who will fight for us, but it's looking pretty grim.

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #2)

Thu Dec 1, 2016, 01:07 PM

3. yes

 

...it's looking grim.

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #2)

Thu Dec 1, 2016, 01:13 PM

4. The answer is the same

The same people who looked out for and had a compassionate heart for those left behind will be there during a Trump administration as were there during the Obama administration. We'll just have more people to help with less assistance from outside.

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Response to gratuitous (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 1, 2016, 09:22 PM

5. their influence has dwindled

 

...hanging on a Senate filibuster and the comity of a handful of republicans.

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